March 12, 2015

posted Mar 12, 2015, 1:01 PM by Alice Barr-YHS   [ updated Mar 12, 2015, 1:06 PM ]
Dear YHS Parents,

The days are getting longer, we did have a little bit of warmer weather, and perhaps spring is coming?  Spring is certainly coming to YHS with lots of updates for you today.

1.  I am not sure how much you know about our latest sports offering, Unified Basketball, but it is our last winter sports team in the playoffs and the team will play against Lisbon High School at at 3:30 this afternoon in our gym.  Unified Basketball partners students with developmental disabilities (Unified Student Athlete) with students without developmental disabilities (Unified Student Partners) to train, compete, and represent their school.  Unified Sports impact all kinds of students and help promote physical activity, teamwork, sportsmanship, and social inclusion.  A nice article was recently published in the Forecaster that you can find at this link.

2.  TomorrowFriday, March 13th, is a Teacher Inservice Day, so students do not have school tomorrow.  Enjoy your long weekend.

3.  As we wrap up winter sports with unified basketball, we are getting ready for spring sports with Spring Sports Information Night on Monday, March 16th at 6:00 PM. If your son or daughter is planning to participate in a spring sport, we ask you and your child to attend this session where you will hear from the coaches about the upcoming season.  As you enter the school, there will be information available about where your sport will meet.

4.  On Tuesday evening, March 17th,  from 6:30-8:00 PM, I invite you to attend the Parent-Principal Coffee in the high school library. This is an opportunity to talk with me and other parents about any aspect of high school.  I hope you can join me that night.

5.  Next week on WednesdayThursday, and Friday, all sophomores and juniors will be participating in their Career Exploration Projects, where they do a job shadow for three full days.  This is a great opportunity for our students to learn more about the "world of work."  The following week, students will present their learning to the advisor groups and their parents.  Advisors set up the schedules for these presentations. 

6.  On Wednesday evening, March 18th at 7:30 PM, Epic Proportions, our One-Act Play will be shown to the public at 7:30 PM in the YPAC.  Last weekend, the students in the One-Act won the regional competition and will be competing in the state competition next weekend in Millinocket.  Admission is $5.00 to this performance. This will be a great opportunity to see their final tune up before the big competition.
7.  With the cooperation of Casco Bay CAN, you and our students will have the opportunity to hear from Chris and Kathi Sullivan through a powerful presentation on healthy choices.  Chris is a former
NFL player and his wife Kathi lost her daughter in tragic accident several years ago.  They w
ill emphasize how to effectively communicate with youth, the skills needed to live drug and alcohol free and their own life lessons.  The parent presentation will be at Falmouth High School on Monday, March 30th from 6:30-7:30 PM.  I have attached a flyer to this email.  Yarmouth students will hear the presentation from the Sullivans on Tuesday, March 31, followed by discussions in their advisor groups facilitated by BOLD members and advisors.

8.  That same week, we are co-sponsoring an event with "Boys to Men," an organization based in Yarmouth ( dedicated to support the development of happy, healthy, non-violent boys as they develop into young men as well as those who help raise them.  We are going to show the film "The Mask We Live In," in the YPAC on April 2nd at 6:30 PM.  This film follows boys and young men as they struggle to stay true to themselves while negotiating America’s narrow definition of masculinity.  To reserve a seat at this event, go to this link.  If you would like more information about the film, including a link to the movie's trailer, go to this link.   Because of the mature content and language in the film, it is recommended for those 17 and above.
I have seen the film and it is very powerful--I urge you to attend and bring your sons and daughters if you would like.  I have attached a flyer on this event as well. 
Please be in touch if you have questions, comments, or concerns.
Ted Hall, Principal
Yarmouth High School
286 West Elm Street
Yarmouth, ME 04096
207-846-5535, Fax 207-846-2326